Earth Day on the Rez

Please join us for Earth Day on the Rez on Saturday, April 23rd from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Reservoir Botanical Gardens located at 2230 Spillway Rd in Brandon, MS. There are some special Earth Day learning stations to visit as you walk along the recently completed Braille Trail in the Reservoir Botanical Gardens. The Braille Trail has 13 stops and the visually impaired can call 601-258-7366 to get an audio tour at each of the locations or read the braille characters located at the bottom of each posted sign.

For Earth Day on the Rez, special stations have been added at many of the Braille Trail stops with learning activities or educational information for visitors. Public Restrooms can be found at the Reservoir Library. Please note that parking will be limited, so arranging for someone to drop off and pick up your group is encouraged. 

Earth Day Stations and Braille Trail Stops include:

Entrance to Trail -Welcome Tables – hosted by Keep the Rez Beautiful with volunteers from Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy and the Metro Leos

Gardner Plant Swap Area – hosted by Nancy Magee

Stop 1: Sensory Garden and Vermicomposting hosted by Nicole Kitchens with Growforth Gardens & Rock Painting Station hosted by Martha Brackin

Stop 2: Mill Creek Slough – Recycling Station

Stop 3: Fern Bog hosted by Allen Holditch with Keep the Rez Beautiful (KRB)

Just past Stop 3:  On left side of trail will be Leaf Rubbing station hosted by Rick Hollis with Pearl River Valley Supply District

Stop 4: Outdoor Learning Center Pavillion will feature the Geology/Wildlife station hosted by James Starnes with MDEQ

Stop 5: View the Welcome Sign with History of the Gardens

Stop 6: Sasanquas and Camellias

Stop 7: Bird Stop hosted by Marcie Lockett with Wild Birds Unlimited

Stop 8: Geological Flood Plain with Wildlife hosted by Jonathan Leard with MDEQ

Stop 9: Devil’s Walking Sticks

Stop 10: Bridge

Stop 11: Native Plants at the Bridge

Stop 12: Millcreek Overlook and Wisteria Garden – Watersheds/EnviroScape and WaterQuality Station hosted by Deb Veeder with MS Wildlife Federation/MDEQ

Stop 13: Children’s Exploration Area

Discover the Pearl

Limited copies ofDiscover the Pearl” children’s book are now available.

A limited number of upper elementary children’s book “Discover the Pearl” are available through Keep the Reservoir Beautiful.   Lynn Porter, KRB, board member worked for over two years on the book which highlights the history, the significance, water quality issues, wildlife and conservation of the Pearl River.  As stated by Lynn “My goal is to inspire and educate upper elementary children on taking care of our waterways- the Pearl River and beyond.”  The book can also serve as a curriculum in the classroom covering history, science, geography and also vocabulary words.  To obtain a copy contact Keep the Reservoir Beautiful.

Lower Spillway and Rez opening

I hope all of you and your loved ones and friends are well.  It has been one of the most challenging times in our lives that we will never forget,  and we WILL adjust and MOVE  forward with our Fathers Grace. I accepted the challenge from Susan Brashear, PRVWSD Deputy Director  yesterday to help out at the Lower Spillway and Rez opening this morning… possibly to see if we could deter littering after being closed for a while. Our PRVWSD is working without a full staff. I was a little hesitant but decided to go ahead and try.   Leigh Anne and Laurie accepted the challenge and we stayed apart , encouraged all the many fishermen and onlookers who showed up to help us Keep the Pearl and Rez Clean.  We were there early and stayed till 3.  We provided ( Self Serve) our TRASH stickers , netted bags and  over 400 trash bags.  The fishermen and others were so appreciative and encouraged others to stay apart! They want to keep it open!!! We all do!  We may try it a few more times this week.   In the meantime, stay safe, keep the faith… until we meet again.   

Jeannine